Cloth Diapers - Pocatello, ID

Updated on March 03, 2008
T.R. asks from Pocatello, ID
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We've decided to go to cloth diapers after reading that it takes 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose and a cloth diaper only 6 months. I've realized it's time to be responsible. Also disposable diapers are the 3rd biggest waste in our landfills. I thought about our trash bin outside and that really hit home. How wasteful we are. Improvements have come along way from when my mom diapers us with cloth diapers. Educate ME! :)

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answers from Washington DC on

Another good site is You can buy used cloth diapers for a much lesser price. You can also sell your used diapers on the site...which is good when you decide that you prefer one kind over another. Good luck...I love my cloth diapers!

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answers from Washington DC on

Hi T.,

I too, have decided to switch to cloth diapers. My reasons are environmental, financial, but most importantly health for my baby. Disposable diapers have tons of chemicals (clorine bleach, etc.) that come into contact with skin and are very unhealthy. (Everything that comes into contact with our skin is absorbed into our system). I have decided to use the Fuzzi Bunz and Bum Genius after doing a lot of research. I bought mine from two and

Good luck!

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answers from Tucson on

We use cloth diapers. It all depends on how much you're willing to invest in time/effort for them. You can do the Chinese prefolds with a diaper cover or you can go with the pocket all-in-one diapers with inserts. Wash them yourself or use a diaper service?

The cloth diapers we have used and like best are bumGenius [ ] and Fuzzi Bunz [ ]. They are both pocket all-in-one styles meaning we place an insert into the pocket and put it on pretty much like a Pampers. The insert works like the absorbing gel in a disposable diaper. The new bumGenius 3.0 diapers are one size meaning the snaps on the front can adjust the rise so the one diaper fits kids from 7 to 35 pounds!

As for the enviromental factors, consider this...the disposables have ALREADY been made. So, they are going into a landfill whether you buy them or not. Next, although you are not contributing to the landfill, the cloth diapers still have to be cleaned. That means washing machine (energy), detergents (eco friendly though) and a dryer (energy). There was a pretty good analysis that showed the costs of disposable vs. cloth and accounted not only for the cost of the diapers but also the energy costs for cloth.

All that aside, I have one bit of anecdotal evidence: when DS was in cloth diapers, he NEVER had a diaper rash! In fact, we never had any diaper rash medication until the time we put him in disposables. He got a pretty bad rash that had to be treated with a prescription diaper rash ointment!

There are many places to get the cloth diapers but the place we use for ours is called Cotton Babies (they have a web site) because they have a program that lets you send in your old (clean of course) diapers and they'll give you a store credit of about 50% towards other stuff from them. That was good when we mainly used the Fuzzi Bunz and would have to move to the next size up.

Regardless of the type of diaper, a few things...NEVER EVER use fabric softener! Downy, Bounce etc will make the cloth waterproof and is exactly NOT what you want for the diaper because it will cause them to leak. ONLY use detergents like Allens Naturally or BioKleen the others with their additives will cause the diapers to fail and will also leave residue causing the diapers to get stinky even after washing.

Here is analysis of cloth vs. disposable
0 – 3 months 10-12 diaper changes/day
3 – 12 months 7-9 diaper changes/day
12 - 30 months 6-7 diaper changes/day
= about 6750 diaper changes until potty trained (a conservative estimate)

TOTAL Financial Cost for 6750 diaper changes
Cloth (Home Laundered) -- $778.05 or 12 ¢ per change
Cloth (Diaper Service) -- $2133.00 or 31 ¢ per change
Disposables -- $2530.00 or 37 ¢ per change
"The total estimated average cost is $2,694.54 for 7,349 disposable, single-use diapers. Keep in mind that this is a conservative estimate. It is not uncommon for a child of 3 years to require a diaper at night, and children in single-use diapers tend not to feel wetness, requiring a longer duration of time for toilet training success. Your child’s individual sleep pattern, body functions and time frame for toilet training success will determine the number of actual diaper changes required.

Cloth diapering is relatively simple and financially rewarding, saving from a minimum of $2,300 to upwards of $5,000."

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answers from Denver on

Check out the website: When I was using cloth diapers, a friend referred me there. Has lots of info on the whole cloth diapering sub-culture. It is not the same diapering scene our mothers did. Very worthwhile and not really much more work.
Good luck!

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answers from Grand Junction on

Hey T.,
We used fuzzy bunz ( a pocket diaper with snaps), bum genius, also a pocket with snaps and a homemade fuzzy diaper my friend makes with snap in soakers (my fave). They are wonderful! I wash them with natural detergent only which you have to do, and deoderize with teatree oil and occassional bleach of 1/4 cup. You can strip them in the dish washer and you can bleach poo spots out in the sunlight! They are easier than you think. There is a whole on line community which buy, sell and trade cloth diapers. If you would like to know more.. let me know..
S. k

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answers from Great Falls on has a reasonably priced birth to potty training diaper package, and they ship Fast I ordered on Friday and it went UPS Monday.

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answers from Salt Lake City on

Wow! Congratulations! I LOVE using cloth diapers and there aren't very many people who do. In fact, I've found that people can be very rude when they find out that I use them...but I find it entertaining and I feel great about the impact I'm having. I have used prefolds (with my first son) and didn't enjoy it very much. They are definatly not as easy as the fitted pocket diapers (especially for my husband:). My favorites have been bumgenius and we also have some fuzzy bunz. I've bought some new and some used (throught on their trading post) and also sometimes has deals where you can buy used or defective diapers at a fraction of the cost. I have also made some of my own (if you have a sewing machine and a creative mind it's a really easy thing to do!). My favorite patterns have come from but there are tons out there and you can buy the waterproof PUL online.
So...with that said, have fun choosing your cloth diapers! They're so cute and fun these days, and even my husband loves it. Oh, also, our favorite thing has been the rice paper flushable liners that you can put in them. It makes diaper changes SOOOO easy! Some people don't like them because they seem scratchy but we've never had an issue with them and when we don't use them I definatly regret it:) Good luck!

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